Chuka Nnabuife

‘Varsities no longer value knowledge’

The books

It was a record breaking event when the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), publishers of National Light, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, presented his three books to the public in Awka.

Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment Mr. C. Don Adinuba praised Nnabuife for his versatility and achievement, describing them as impressive.

He stated that the author was the first government worker in Nigeria to produce three books launched in one day.

The books Homeland Catalysis: More than Just Anambra narratives, Mbize: Rage of red earth in Igbo land, and Nigeria Civil War (1967-1970): Holes in our Bubbles-Investigative Reporter’s Inquest into an Oft-misrepresented saga are critical narratives on the socio-political and economic development in the region.

Expectedly, the presentation attracted top government functionaries as well as scholars from tertiary institutions.

Venue was Event Hall, ANPC Garden, National Light Awka, Anambra State, penultimate Saturday.

At the presentation, Adinuba said: “I don’t have such record even though I am a writer. The Nigerian civil war is still evolving and there are many dimensions yet unexplored. Lots of truths will be unveiled from time to time. This is my own way of telling the government and the people of Anambra State to recognise the importance of Ministries and MDAs that provide service. The most critical ones are not those in bricks and mortars. Long after everything, the stories will be told. In months time, Governor Willie Obiano will leave office, it is the writers that will be telling the stories. That shows the importance of the ministry, which is under my supervision”.

He observed that Nigerian universities no longer value knowledge instead they honour men in power and men with money. He stated that Nigeria’s hope lies in men of intellect, men of integrity, vision, ideas and knowledge.

Adinuba lamented that Anambra State is facing severe erosion problem, which one of the books focuses on, describing the state as the ‘erosion capital of Africa.’ He recalled that two years ago, the state had over 937 active erosion sites and because of the rainfall of last year, the number has increased to 1000. He stated that in Nnewi alone, the erosion sites there cost the state about N4billion to fix, while the Onitsha sites cost the state about the same amount.

According to him, no state government can tackle the erosion problem alone successfully. “We are appealing to Federal Government and the international community to come to our aid,” he said.

In his remark, Nnabuife described the books as his modest contributions to knowledge trove of the world saying he is very proud of them. “My hope is that by the time you behold them and read them, you will also be proud of them,” he added.

“Collectively, in these books, I utilised the skills of journalism, consciousness of social contract and art of lucid communication to engage current and not too long ago developments in our society, which here specifically refer to Anambra State, Igbo land and Nigeria.

“The books appraise, in various contexts, epoch-making events; personalities; socio-cultural and political developments; matters of governance and leadership as well as distinct innovative enterprises and environmental issues. They also contain salient problematic issues that highpoint our present society such as unpredictable internal security challenges, rocky economic twists, and combustive ethnic and religious tensions,” he said.

According to the author, his goal in these books is to capture our time in concise packages that will help the future to make informed decisions and enable greater bliss and advancement of our land.

The three reviewers- Prof Ngozi Chuma Udeh, Prof Peter Eze, and Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene gave incisive reviews of the books, which were unveied.

Guests included Chief Cletus Mbaji CEO, Lake Petroleum Ltd. (represented by Chief Ray Udeagbala); Dr. Paul Ifeanyi (SSA to Governor of Anambra State on Secondary Education) H.R.M. Igwe John Ozulumba (Eze Dum Dum 2 of Ubuluisiuzo, Ihiala LGA, Anambra State) the Royal Father of the day; Nze Akachukwu Nwamkpo (Governorship aspirant for APGA) represented by Dr. Harris Chuma; Chief (Mrs.) Chika Ibeneme (former Commissioner for Works and Housing (Anambra State).

Others were Prof. Peter Umeadi (former Chief Judge of Anambra State); Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Anthony Akabuogu; Rev. Fr. Peter-Andrew Ibeazor; Rev. Fr. Blaise Ejikeme; Dr. Uche Nworah (MD/CEO, Anambra Broadcasting Service); Sir Jude Emecheta (MD Anambra State Signages and Advertisement Agency); Dr. Simeon Onyemaechi (Executive Secretary, Anambra State Health Insurance Agency); Sir Chido Obidiegwu (MD, Anambra State Clear Drainage and Forestry Agency) and Princess Uju Nwafo-Orizu.